Deborah S. Hechinger

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'Deborah S. Hechinger is the president and CEO of "BoardSource. BoardSource offers governance consulting, public training, practical information and tools to increase the effectiveness of nonprofit boards of directors. She joined BoardSource in October 2003.

"Debbie is a co-convener of the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector’s Governance and Fiduciary Responsibility Workgroup and has been actively involved in shaping recommendations to the Senate Finance Committee on ways to improve the oversight and governance of charitable organizations. She speaks at conferences and workshops throughout the United States and advises boards and senior staff of nonprofit organizations as a senior governance consultant.

"Debbie has held key leadership positions on the boards of Sidwell Friend’s School and the Children’s National Medical Center in addition to having served on the boards of the Washington Scholarship Fund and the Black Student Fund.

"Prior to joining BoardSource, Debbie served as executive vice president of the World Wildlife Fund where she was responsible for all fundraising, communication, and operations activities. Previously, she was Deputy Comptroller as well as Director of Securities and Corporate Practice at the Comptroller of the Currency. From 1974 to 1983, she held senior executive positions in the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

"Debbie received her B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She is currently a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar." [1]

She is married to John W. Hechinger, Jr..

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  1. Resources for the Future Board, organizational web page, accessed October 4, 2012.
  2. AllianceBernstein Board, organizational web page, accessed March 12, 2013.